What’s In My Notebook: Slice of Life 1/31 #sol17

My son. Page after page trying to capture this personality, this conversation, this moment. Being a mom, parenting. Trauma. Learning and understanding. Researching. Healing. PTSD, secondary trauma, compassion fatigue. Myself. All the ways I get stuck in my own mind, fretting. Anxieties and angst. The gerbil on its wheel, going round and round. Coffee shops.…

What’s In My Gratitude Journal: NaPoWriMo

I’m participating in National Poetry Writing Month, NaPoWriMo, in celebration of National Poetry Month. Today’s poem was inspired by a prompt at Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s blog, The Poem Farm (plus a little help from William Stafford’s “What’s In My Journal“): I know many people who keep thankful journals.  Some call them gratitude journals.  These are books for…

A New Writing Challenge: A Daily Poem

I’ve decided to tackle a new writing challenge in April: NaPoWriMo. April is National Poetry Month, which means it’s also National Poetry Writing Month. I don’t write poems. Ever. Except I wrote several for the March Slice Challenge. I couldn’t quite bring myself to call them poems. They were “kind of sort of poems.” They…

Here, I Write: Slice of Life 26/31 #sol16

Here, I write. In the dining room, the heart of the house. The walls are the richest chocolate brown, but I’m thinking of repainting this summer. Maybe red. I love a red room. My office, the space I created for writing, is red. It’s upstairs on the very edge of the house. You get there…